An eclectic mix of shorts from Disney: 'Paperman,' 'Get a Horse' and more

An eclectic mix of shorts from Disney: 'Paperman,' 'Get a Horse' and more
"Get a Horse," pictured, alogn with "Feast," and "Paperman" were well-received theatrical cartoons. (Get A Horse! / Disney)

Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Film Collection

Walt Disney, Blu-ray, $39.99


Pixar's short films get the bulk of the critical and awards attention, but the studio's parent company, the Walt Disney Co., has been just as active in the form over the last decade — and has produced some excellent work. This collection tries to make sense of what the company's been up to by compiling well-received theatrical cartoons like "Feast," "Paperman" and "Get a Horse" alongside shorts featuring characters from "Frozen" and "Tangled" and a few esoteric pieces that have aired on television, appeared on other DVDs or screened at animation festivals. This is an eclectic lot, sporting varying styles and tones — more varied really than Pixar's output, if maybe not as consistent. The DVD and Blu-ray add a featurette about Disney's process of developing and releasing these mini-movies.

Lambert & Stamp

Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Proving that there are still good rock 'n' roll stories aching to be told, James D. Cooper's documentary recounts the history of the Who by focusing primarily on the band's original managers: a pair of would-be underground filmmakers named Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. The duo originally intended to make a movie about this loud, soulful British rock quartet they'd discovered, but the project evolved into a pop-art happening, as the Who's chief songwriter, Pete Townshend, responded to his new mentors' ideas and carried them even further, into ambitious masterpieces like the concept album "Tommy." Cooper brings together rare footage and insightful interviews, combining them into an exciting origin story for one of the British Invasion era's most explosive bands. The DVD and Blu-ray include a Cooper commentary and interview plus bonus vintage Who performances.

About Elly

Cinema Guild, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95

Before Asghar Farhadi made the Oscar-winning "A Separation" and its masterful follow-up, "The Past," the Iranian filmmaker wrote and directed this tense drama about friends who take a vacation together, then have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions from the Iranian authorities when a member of their party disappears. It's a measure of Farhadi's talent that when a movie he made in 2009 was belatedly released in the U.S. in 2015, it immediately became one of the year's best films. "About Elly" is a smart, gripping mystery-suspense picture that doubles as an explication of how Iran's sociopolitical system makes people paranoid and more prone to lie, complicating criminal investigations. The DVD and Blu-ray come with two lengthy featurettes.

La Sapienza

Kino Lorber, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95

Eugène Green's aggressively odd art-drama stars Fabrizio Rongione as a brilliant-but-arrogant architect who re-examines his marriage and values when he meets a younger peer during a retreat in Italy. But what most viewers will notice isn't the plot or characters but the style, which has actors speaking in an expressionless monotone, often while looking directly into the camera. Some may find this hard to take, but the affectation does serve a purpose, removing the distraction of performance so the audience can focus more on the film's ideas about art and life and marvel at the geometric precision of Green's visual design. The DVD and Blu-ray offer more to think about, thanks to the addition of a Green interview and an early Green short film.


Day for Night

Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95

Dressed to Kill


Criterion, Blu-ray, $39.95

Hackers: 20th Anniversary Edition

Shout! Factory, Blu-ray, $24.97

Little Boy

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98

Available on VOD on Tuesday


Alchemy, $19.99; Blu-ray, $24.99


Lionsgate, $19.98; Blu-ray, $19.99